Attention New York Applicants: Pre-paid Envelopes
27 May 2016
The South African Consulate General in New York will no longer accept prepaid envelope/labels from FedEx and UPS with immediate effect. Applicants are welcome to enclose only USPS self-addressed, pre-paid courier envelope for this office to facilitate return services.
List of Countries Exempt from South African Visas
13 January 2016
Certain citizens who are holders of national passports (diplomatic, official and ordinary) of foreign countries / territories / international ogranizations are not required to hold a visa when reporting to an immigration officer for examination at a South African port of entry. Please check if you require a visa.
Immigration Directive No. 28 of 2015: Transit Visas
11 January 2016
This immigration Directive serves to inform all officials that the Minister of Home Affairs exempted travelers transiting through the following international airports from transit visas in terms of section 10B(4)(a) of the Immigration Act, 2002:
- OR Tambo International;
- Cape Town International;
- King Shaka; and
Travelers transiting these airports must be subjected to biometric capturing.
Deportees transiting must be in possession of transit visas and at all times be escorted, failing which, they must be returned to the airline that conveyed them for removal from the Republic.
Traveles utilizing land ports of entry to transit through South Africa should apply for Port of Entry Visas.
Important Information on Applying for South African Visas
Effective 10 May 2015, applicants for visas will be required to apply in person at the South African mission. No appointment necessary.
New York Applicants:
Self-Addressed, Pre-Paid Courier Envelope
The South African Consulate General in New York will no longer accept $16.00 money orders for mailing effective 1 November 2015. Applicants are welcome to enclose a self-addressed, pre-paid courier envelope for this office to facilitate return services.
Important Information on New Scheduled Fees
Effective 1 September 2015, please refer to the new schedule of fees for the following applications:
- Immigration Services (Visas and Temporary Residence Visas)
- Civic Services (Passports and Travel Documents)
South Africa Reviews Yellow Fever Requirements
Issued by the Ministry of Health
Date: 3 February 2015
Travelers from Zambia, Tanzania, Eritrea, Sao Tome and Principe will no longer be required to produce proof of the yellow fever certificate when coming to South Africa after they were included on the World Health Organization low risk yellow fever countries list. During the 136th session of the WHO Executive Board meeting, a review of countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and countries requiring yellow fever vaccination was conducted and based on the recommendations of the meeting, all travelers arriving into the country from these countries will NOT be required to produce proof of vaccination against yellow fever. Read more.
Forfeiture of Repatriation Deposits
In the light of the provisions of regulation 7(8)(d) of the Immigration Regulations, the Director-General invites any person who, prior to the coming into operation of the Immigration Amendment Act, 2011 on 26 May 2014, paid deposit as a guarantee of the return to his or her country origin, to approach, within a period up to 28 February 2015, any South African Mission in his or her country of origin for a refund of his or her deposit. The Department of Home Affairs' Offices within the Republic may issue refunds only in exceptional circumstances where a person has acquired permanent residence permit or has changed his or her status in the Republic prior to 26 May 2014.
Any person who claims a refund must submit the following documents:
- Application for refund of repatriation deposit form (available at South African Foreign Missions or Department of Home Affairs Local Offices);
- Original Passport (for verification purposes);
- Original receipt of the deposit;
- Proof of banking details / warrant vouchers (cheques);
- Proof of final departure from the Republic of South Africa on or before the expiry of the temporary residence permit; and
- in the case where an application for refund is made in the Republic, proof of change of status prior to 26 May 2014 or proof of permanent residence permit.
(NOTE: Anyone who had overstayed his or her permit shall not qualify for a refund, as he or she would have violated the terms and conditions of his or her temporary residence permit. Failure to claim a refund by 28 February 2015 will result in the deposit forfeited to the State as unclaimed).
Discontinuation of Temporary Passports
21 August 2014
South Africa's Department of Home Affairs announced that it will discontinue the issuance of Temporary Passports as of 1 September 2014.
- Please write your email address on the upper right hand corner of the application form to receive updates on the status of your application.
- Passport Applications: You may hold on to your current passport while your new passport is being processed.